Back then . . . . . ’99 Mazda Miata

Back then . . . . . ’99 Mazda Miata

(Excerpts from a review of the 10th Anniversary Mazda Miata, April 17, 1999, by Bud Wells) The Palace Arms’ rack of lamb was luscious and a dozen fellow automotive writers lent conviviality to the evening. The highlight for me, though,…

Stretched VW Tiguan, 30th Mazda Miata

Stretched VW Tiguan, 30th Mazda Miata

Worthy of attention in budwells.com are the 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan SUV crossover and the ’19 Mazda MX-5 RF Miata roadster. Why? The Tiguan, since it was enlarged in second-generation form a year ago, has shot to the front of VW…

Iacocca; Land Rover Defender, Discovery

Iacocca; Land Rover Defender, Discovery

Much is happening, as we move into July, almost an overflow of column material. Lee Iacocca died; I’ll be grilling for a third of the family on the Fourth; the current review is the Land Rover Discovery, yet bigger news…

Blue hue admired on Ford F-150

Blue hue admired on Ford F-150

The 2019 Ford F-150 SuperCrew pickup sat in my driveway and Jan was working in one of her flower beds when neighbors Dennis and Marsha, out for a walk, stopped to chat with her. Commenting on the pickup, one of…

Midsizers: Kia Telluride vs. Chevy Blazer

Midsizers: Kia Telluride vs. Chevy Blazer

Parked side-by-side in my garage were two all-new midsize SUV crossovers – the 2020 Kia Telluride SX and ’19 Chevrolet Blazer Premier. They’ll compete for sales success with more than a dozen other midsizers, including the redesigned Honda Passport, the…

‘19 Toyota Prius gets partial AWD

‘19 Toyota Prius gets partial AWD

I’d heard that Toyota, in Japan, had added all-wheel-drive technology to its Prius being sold there, so, at a meeting in Denver three years ago I asked Toyota executive David Lee if the company might do the same in Colorado….

Cadillac XT4 faces up to BMW, Audi subcompacts

Cadillac XT4 faces up to BMW, Audi subcompacts

The littler luxuries (subcompacts) are latecomers to the years’-long takeover of the U.S. car market by SUVs and crossovers. The newest of the newer premium luxury subcompacts are the Cadillac XT4 and Lexus UX, showing up in November and December….

Alfa Romeo Giulia: low number, high impact

Alfa Romeo Giulia: low number, high impact

Curiosity abounds all around, with regards to Alfa Romeo. Few of the Italian marque are seen in these parts, yet several times as I parked and exited the 2019 Giulia sport sedan, someone would ask, “Is that an Alfa Romeo?”…

Back then. . . . .1979 Ford Courier

Back then. . . . .1979 Ford Courier

(My first review of a pickup was 40 years ago, the mini-built Ford Courier, which appeared in The Denver Post on April 7, 1979. The Courier was provided by the Denver regional office of Ford Motor Co. Following are excerpts:)…

Lexus adds UX hybrid to subcompacts

Lexus adds UX hybrid to subcompacts

It’s an odd-color green on the 2019 Lexus UX 250h all-wheel-drive review model I piloted in February. Nori green pearl, Lexus calls it, somewhat like the olive green on a Jeep. This is no Jeep. It is Lexus’ new luxury…